Venice, Italy

DD724

Rates from (inc tax)$335.06

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Iconoclastic designer den

Setting

Discreet in Dorsoduro

Hidden down a narrow alley in Dorsoduro, hotel DD724 is a design triumph in off-the-beaten path Venice, close to the intimate Guggenheim Museum. Understated décor and earth tones strike a note of modern chic not often found in this opulent city of canals.

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A bottle of prosecco and Venetian biscuits in your room on arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Six.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $335.06 (€299), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-in.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR328.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.

At the hotel

LCD TVs and WiFi in all rooms.

Our favourite rooms

Room B has a view of the Giudecca Canal. Room G has its own small terrace for breakfast.

Children

Rooms E and G have room for a small bed; rooms C and D can be annexed. Babysitting can be arranged in advance, at €15–€25 an hour.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Only breakfast is served, but it’s exceptional.

At the bar

Fully stocked minibars in each room; no actual hotel bar, but drinks can be provided.

Room service

Breakfast only.

Location

Photos DD724 – Venice – Italy
Address
DD724
724 Dorsoduro
30123
Venice
Italy

Planes

From Venice's Marco Polo airport, approach the city by crossing the lagoon on the Alilaguna (www.alilaguna.it) to Zattere, which takes roughly an hour and 20 minutes. It costs around €30 for the express and €15 for the other routes. From there, it’s a short walk – turn right, cross the first bridge, turn left and then follow the canal to Campo San Vio. Finally, turn right onto Calle della Chiesa. When you find a pub, you should see the small iron gate that’s the entrance to DD724. You can also get a water taxi all the way from the airport to Campo San Vio (around €110) or from Piazzale Roma, after taking a land bus (around €70); both can be organised by the hotel. Alternatively, Trieste, Verona and Treviso airports are all possibilities. The first two have bus links to their main train stations, and are then a one-hour or three-hour train journey respectively; Treviso has a direct bus (www.atvo.it) link to Piazzale Roma in Venice, from where a 20-minute journey on Route 2, 51 or 61 of the vaporetto will take you to Zattere.

Trains

Venice’s main station is Venezia Santa Lucia; see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com) for information on trains in Italy. To reach the hotel, take the vaporetto down the Grand Canal from Santa Lucia to Accademia (roughly 30 minutes on Route 1).

Automobiles

Venice is not made for cars and does not allow them into the city, so if you have driven from another part of Italy or the airport, you will need to leave your vehicle either on the mainland, which is easier, cheaper and avoids the sometimes colossal traffic jams, or at the edge of the city centre. If you park on the mainland in Mestre, you can choose between the rail station (and then proceed by trainl) or the San Giuliano parking lot (and proceed by boat).

Worth getting out of bed for

Local restaurants

Linea d’Ombra on Ponte de l’Umiltà (+39 (0)41 520 4720) is a great local restaurant on the canal. It is the perfect plot to head to in summer as it has a lovely terrace with views across to the Giudecca; the ambience is fantastic and the Venetian dishes also surprise. Cantinone Storico on Fondamenta Bragadin (+39 (0)41 523 9577) is good for seafood, and has an impressive wine cellar. Definitely try and get a seat by the canal in summer or by the window in winter. Ask the waiter to tell you about the specials – and then trust his recommendations.

Across the Grand Canal: For a cosy, wine-bottles-along-the-wall kind of osteria, try Ristorante Cantina Canaletto at Castello 5490 (+39 (0)41 521 2661). Trattoria alle Testiere on Calle del Mondo Novo (+39 (0)41 522 7220) specialises in fish. At Bancogiro on Campo San Giacometto (+39 (0)41 523 2061), ask for a window seat. Trattoria do Forni on Calle Specchieri (+39 (0)41 523 2148) is very classical; book dinner in the Orient Express room. Ristorante da Fiore on Calle del Scaleter (+39 (0)41 721 308) is one of the best restaurants; book a month in advance. Poste Vecie, on Rialto Pescheria (+39 (0)41 721 822), is Venice’s oldest restaurant, reached by a private bridge. Il Refolo is a great pizzeria near the Museum of Modern Art (+39 (0)41 524 0016), though not open all year round. Anice Stellato on Fondamenta della Sensa, Cannaregio (+39 (0)41 720 744) does fabulous fish with subtle spicing. Locanda Montin on Fondamenta di Borgo (+39 (0)41 522 7151) serves great antipasti on a vine-covered terrace.

Local cafés

A coffee in Piazza San Marco won’t come cheap, but there’s a reason why the tourists flock there – it’s spectacular; and if you’re lucky you’ll have an orchestral soundtrack. Head to Campo Santa Margherita, where students, bohemian types and families gather to eat. Al Marca on San Polo is good for a pre-dinner drink if you’re north of Ponte Rialto. Peggy Guggenheim Collection Café in the 18th-century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is a sophisticated spot for a coffee in the wonderful garden of the museum of modern art. It is elegant and peaceful: no wonder the art lover chose this to be her final resting place.

Local bars

Sip a bellini on the floating pontoon of Cip’s Club, watching the sun set over the water. (Hotel Cipriani operates a free boat service to and from its private landing stage.) Try Centrale on Piazza San Marco, for good tunes and great cocktails. Taverna da Baffo in Campo Sant’Agostin stays open until 02h.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Arriving in Italy’s most romantic city by train, we’re a little concerned our trip is going to be more Venice Beach than La Venezia when we’re swamped by American backpackers. A foot onto the taxi boat that is going to speed us to Accademia, and it doesn’t take long for the realisation to sink in: this may be a city drowning in tourists, but it is so beautiful that you barely notice.

It’s with eager anticipation that we carry our overnight bags to our design-conscious luxury hotel for the weekend – but will somewhere contemporary really feel right in these pastel-hued, fairytale environs? When we find the hotel, hiding down a narrow alley in Dorsoduro, we know instantly we are somewhere really special. Making the most of every inch of space, it’s the hotel equivalent of the Smart car. From the outside, you might expect it to be cramped – but it’s a design triumph. We’re led up past the only communal area (two chairs on a landing, and a breakfast area) and into our room. DD724 may not be the only hotel in the world to feature clean lines and a brown-and-white colour palette, but it’s a stroke of contemporary cool unique to these parts.

What’s so unexpected about the Charming House, as DD724 is also known, is that there is also an incredible warmth to the rooms. Stylish yet cosy modern furnishings are softened with touches such as the loosely knitted wool blanket knotted at the end of the bed. You glance from a widescreen TV to an open window revealing a scene that EM Forster would be inspired by. Since we booked last-minute and missed out on one of the more palatial Junior Suites, we assume our bathroom will be snug, yet it still manages to impress, right down to its own range of olive-oil products. (In a reversal of roles this trip, Mr Smith is the one to squirrel away toiletries to take home, and the aftershave balm has him cooing like a 13-year-old girl at a Rimmel stand.)

Great fun as it is settling into such an abode, it’s hard to imagine anyone coming to this city to squander much of the day in their room. But early nights are de rigueur in Venice, and we know there’s plenty of exploring time awaiting us tomorrow. The wonderfully helpful young lady behind the tiny front desk recommends a canalside trattoria around the corner. In Venice, recommendation is crucial. Cantinone Storico turns out to be the perfect option. The risotto terra mare is out of this world, and the monkfish with fresh artichokes is absolutely delicious.

By midnight, much of Venice is sound asleep, so we decide on a treat while the going’s calm: a gondola trip. We head towards a waiting boat to enquire how much – 100! Eventually we barter him down to 80 for 40 minutes. Feeling as though we’ve got a bargain, we pile on board. It is uncomparably romantic, almost haunting, as we’re gently nudged along the dark, deserted canals; yet we spend the first ten minutes trying to calculate how much the gondolier must earn in a year. A friend of his calls down from a window, and they strike up voluble chat – clearly discussing whether to moor the yacht at St Barths or St Tropez this New Year’s Eve. Still, it’s the perfect starlit end to our night.

The next morning we’re out of our room by 09h30, and first to breakfast – most civilised. Everything is laid out in ordered presentation, with a grid of little jams and a neat line of croissants on offer. Even our eggs and bacon is served in a nouvelle-cuisine manner. But the biggest impression is made by the pistachio spread. Nutella’s dark-green-emulsion cousin is amazing. After such a satisfying start to the day, we leave not only contented, but, thanks again to the staff at DD724, with details of how to order crema di pistacchio.

Our first stop is next-door: the Guggenheim Museum. Formerly the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni now houses masterpieces by Brancusi, Picasso, Kandinsky, Pollock and Ernst, among others. A magnificent collection in truly charming surroundings, there’s nowhere like it. A browse of the gift shop, then it’s time to brave the more traditional sights.

En route to Piazza San Marco, it’s hard to resist a fresh slice of pizza from a kiosk next to the hotel; it hits the spot and, a rare treat in Venice, it’s a bargain. We now have the strength to face the hordes, and head to the epicentre. The Basilica San Marco is indeed breathtaking from the outside, but as we’re not feeling up to a long wait queueing, we head to the Campanile instead. A lift takes you to the top of the tower, where a spectacular view awaits. It’s a great way to get a sense of Venice’s unique layout, and how far out at sea you are.

It’s when you escape the mêlée of pigeons, children and many visitors, young and old, that you realise DD724 is in the perfect location, sufficiently off the beaten track for you to amble its neighbourhood in peace. After an afternoon of window-shopping, strolling and stopping off for cappuccini, we make our way towards Campo Santa Margherita. Sitting alfresco at one of the many cafés and bars, surrounded by students, artists and Italian families, we order the traditional aperitif: a spritz. Be warned,the bittersweet symphony of this Seventies-looking cocktail of Campari, white wine and soda is not for all palates. Still, our fizzy red drink is perfect for a toast, and we raise a glass to the most delightful 24 hours imaginable. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in DD724’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location of DD724 is just right. Far enough from the hussle and bustle of central Venice to allow you to get a good nights sleep, but close enough for easy access to absolutely anywhere. Lovely rooms, smashing breakfast and very attentive and helpful staff. Two minutes walk from the Accademia Bridge. Next door to the Peggy Guddenheim Museum. Drop in at the Al Gondolieri Restaurant for a wonderfully tasty lunch or dinner.

Don’t expect

An on-site bar. Lots of other guests.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Sep 2016

We loved

The location, the hospitality of the staff, the breakfast. The staff are more than willing to suggest recommendations 10/10

Don’t expect

A hotel bar (although there is a bar opposite the hotel)

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Stayed on 2 Jul 2016

We loved

The cool room, great breakfast and helpful staff. Loved room G, spacious and okay for extra kids in separate area. Quiet area of Venice but nearby the main sights. Aircon on warm nights in July. Definitely stay there again! Great restaurants nearby on recommendation from Hotel. Nice wine bar opposite and outside bar on the corner.

Don’t expect

Lively bar. This place is PEACEFUL!

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Stayed on 1 Jul 2016

We loved

The staff (wonderfully friendly and helpful), the decor, our room, the breakfast arrangements and the location. A great part of Venice to stay in. Much quieter than many areas but well located and only 15/20 mins walk from the centre. 10/10

Don’t expect

A traditional looking Venetian hotel or one with a traditional reception.

Rating

Stayed on 13 May 2016

We loved

Contemporary and modern decor, great staff, oh and the complementary toiletries.

Don’t expect

Big scale hotel facilities.

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Stayed on 3 May 2016

We loved

Lovely hotel in a fantastic location with delicious breakfasts! The staff could not have been more friendly or helpful, but not intrusive at all. Make sure you ask for restaurant recommendations as we were delighted with their suggestions. 

Don’t expect

If you have any issues with stairs this place may not be for you, as there are quite a few.

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Stayed on 25 Feb 2016

We loved

Everything! Excellent service and hospitality. Thank you DD724 for a wonderful 'Venetia' experience!

Don’t expect

The streets to be empty.

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Stayed on 27 Nov 2015

We loved

Location, cosy

Don’t expect

Grand canale view, extreme luxury

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Stayed on 1 Nov 2015

We loved

Our room and location. The prosecco and goodies from Mr and Mrs Smith. The prompt responses to all emails and local tips. Go to the little bar right across from the hotel. Locals and visitors. Glass of wine 2 euro 50.

Don’t expect

Restaurant or bar or room service, it's a small delight, very well situated at an excellent price.

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Stayed on 22 Oct 2015

We loved

The free fruit basket, bottle of prosecco biscuits on arrival (thank you Mr Mrs Smith). The personal service, well designed, well lit, rooms with canal views. The location - next door to the Guggenheim and in an area with plenty of restaurants that was not over crowded with tourists. Arriving by water taxi about 2 minutes from the hotel at Campo San Vio.

Don’t expect

To eat dinner or take drinks at the hotel - although there is plenty of places within a short walk and a cute, friendly pub just outside (but not one that created unwanted noise).

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Stayed on 14 Sep 2015

We loved

Die wunderschönen Zimmer, das hervorragende Frühstück, wir wurden umsorgt wie in der eigenen Familie! Tolles Haus mit absolutem Wohlfühlcharakter!

Don’t expect

Abendessen im Haus.

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Stayed on 12 Sep 2015

We loved

The location and feel of the small boutique hotel.

Don’t expect

Typical Venetian style.

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Stayed on 21 Aug 2015

We loved

The Hotel was beautiful, our room was perfect and we had a balcony that added to the romance. We had some of the best service we have ever had in any hotel! The staff were a delight and couldn't have made our stay more perfect.

Don’t expect

The food we had for room service was just ok. Maybe we should have ventured into the restaurant!

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Stayed on 5 Jun 2015

We loved

The decor was a welcome break from traditional Venice; friendly and welcoming staff; great breakfast.

Don’t expect

Disappointed to have been charged 12 euros for mini bar even though we have not used it. The room was very dark and no towel rails to dry the towels.

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Stayed on 23 Jan 2015

We loved

I liked the personal service provided by the staff, and the quality of the furniture. The breakfast was stunning as well!

Don’t expect

The cost of the minibar - because there was no hotel bar, this could have been slightly more affordable.

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Stayed on 17 Jan 2015

We loved

The quality of the hotel and the staff was outstanding. The room was spotless, spacious and quiet. Very luxurious and comfortable. The hotel staff were extraordinarily helpful and knowledgable. We visited in winter and the rooms were wonderfully warm and inviting when you returned after a long day.

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Stayed on 8 Jan 2015

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